Ep. 41 – “The Halloween Spectacular”

Dust off your Samhain records, cue up The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and get ready ghouls and goblins and Gimmick Gangers: The BSB is bringing you a punk rock Halloween special South Philly style. Ghost stories abound as the Mistress of Darkness Jackie Brown sits in with the crew and tells one of the craziest haunted stories you’ll ever hear. It’ll have you shook. After that, the evil that is Jackie Brown leads the crew in an Ouija board session that sends Vinnie running for the hills. The Die-Vul is back, and he sits in for a very spooky edition of word association and he brings his full arsenal for this one. “Dear Vin” ramps up the crazy a few notches and delivers a frightful look into Vinnie’s world, where every day is Halloween when you’re reading some thoughts from some maniacs. Turns out the Die-Vul is just as cheap as his human counterpart, and just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t be frugal. Blood rituals and listener emails go hand in hand, and even the crew recommendations take a spooky slant. Everyone is costumed and ready to go, and make sure you check out our facebook page for pictures of everyone dressed up: https://www.facebook.com/BroadStreetBreakdown/.  It’s The Broad Street Breakdown Halloween Spectacular: I feel like having a séance…

Ep. 40 – “What, Are We New to This Dance?”

What is going on with the punk rock world? First the Bad Brains get nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, now Rollins is a Calvin Klein model? It’s Thunderdome! A discussion of the newly released Don Letts documentary, “Skinhead,” leads into talk about the controversial Rollins billboard in NYC and the topic of “selling out” comes back into play. What does the term mean? To whom does it apply? Later, questions arise about the parameters of THE LIST, and an entirely new dimension of criteria for listing is explored. Who is exempt from THE LIST? Who gets pit on THE LIST this episode? *tap tap tap* You might be surprised…  Professor Pablo brings back the Cheapo Tip for another round, word association comes back, Vinnie leads youse into the black pit of despair known as “Dear Vin,” Pablo dips into the mailbag and, as always, we line up some very excellent recommendations for everyone. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Do you remember in 1969 seeing all the skinheads standing in a line…

Ep. 39 – “How Long Am I Expected to Be in a Good Mood?”

Back to the writers’ room! In another burst of creativity, Vinnie and The OG dive back into the script for The Heads show. More twists and turns; more absurd plotlines and character development take place as we watch this brilliant masterpiece evolve. Then, the punk rock topic that everyone’s been talking about gets aired out by the crew: The Bad Brains have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What does it mean? What does the BSB think of it? The discussion that ensues explores the ramifications of what happens when subculture is thrust into the mainstream and the end result is the creation of a new BSB institution. Later, the Biz talk returns with Vinnie and the OG devising a plan the will include some audience participation, so all youse marks better take heed. The regular gimmicks get their shine too, with a special “guest star” sitting in on word association. The OG delivers a verdict on the controversial Cheapo Tip of the Week. Will it return? Will it be banished forever? Vinnie relives the horror show that is “Dear Vin,’ The Professor reads from the mailbag, and we send you home with some succulent recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This is the voice of a generation, of unemployment and aggravation…

Ep. 38 – “Respect the Shooters”

The time-honored art of show flyers and band art is examined in this episode of the Breakdown, with The OG and Vinnie leading a discussion that encompasses the enduring art of the punk rock flyer. What makes a band logo “iconic?” The crew discusses the band art that has stuck with them the most and how it has impacted their lives. In Biz talk, Vinnie and The OG bring you another list, and this one ain’t as generous as the last one. As usual the favorite gimmicks make their regularly scheduled appearances: word association, the mail bag, That pit of unending horrors known as “Dear Vin,” and, like we always do, the BSB crew hooks you up with some recommendations to check out. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: My only wish, my one desire: set your fucking world on fire…

Ep. 37 – “It’s Us Just Trying to Get Through the Day, Man”

Oh, you thought we were done with the whole “Head to the Future” TV show gimmick? Not even close. A listener’s social media comment sparks even more insight into the strange world of Vinnie and The OG’s cryogenic head saga, and the ensuing ruminations of a body-less existence get even more demented than last time. Re-writes to the script see Professor Pablo’s head pit onto a kangaroo’s body as he becomes a heavy for the heads. Did we lose you yet? No worries; it’ll all be explained in the pitch meeting. Also: The OG wants to punch out a horse. In Biz talk: Billy Pumpkins is suing EVERYBODY and once again Vinnie and the OG discuss the possible return of Goldberg. The OG continues to impose his embargo on the Professor’s Cheapo Tip, but the usual gimmicks all make an appearance. Everyone gets into a round of word association, Vinnie walks youse through the nonsense that is “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails and we wrap it all up with some recommendations for youse. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: ONE STEP BEYOND….

Ep. 36 – “Be on the Lookout When Hell Arises and the Tides of Pain Run the Streets”

Get ready Gimmick Gang: this might be the strangest (and funniest) episode of the Breakdown yet. The topic: extending one’s life through cryogenics. The question: would you choose to live forever if given the opportunity. The catch? You can only be a head. Yep. A head. The conversation, as you can imagine, goes to some really strange places and, somehow, an idea for a sitcom is born. In Biz talk, Vinnie and the OG discuss Lucha Underground not being readily available in Philly and then talk about the Smashing Pumpkins du and the idea of Vince possibly buying TNA. Later, the usual gimmicks abound: Sad Sicko comes out for Word Association, Vinnie walks you down that scary path known as “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails, and we wrap it all up with some recommendations for everyone. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Payback is a bitch, you can’t afford the price…

Ep. 35 – “Maybe He Missed His Daily Meal of Dick-Flavored Alpo”

It’s the birthday show! Broad Street Breakdown is all about family, and this week the crew and the Gavin family celebrate Vinnie’s recent birthday with cards, gifts and a Carvel ice cream keck. Then, it’s time for… THE LIST. And, trust us: you do NOT want to be on the list. Paz and OG unveil their newest gimmick: a book that records and keeps track of all transgressions and fuck ups. You fuck around? YOU’RE ON THE LIST. We don’t like you? ON THE LIST! Anybody can end up on the list, and you won’t believe who is the first entry. Later, a conversation begins about the origins of MTV, but quickly gets derailed and devolves into the crew remembering late-‘70s Philadelphia local TV shows like Larry Ferrari and dear old Captain Noah. Vinnie and The OG get into the Biz talk by discussing the potential return of Goldberg. Then, in a stunning turn of events, Professor Pablo puts an end to the Cheapo Tip after getting harassing messages from a listener who has now ruined it for EVERYONE. The OG even has to step in and set things straight. The usual, less controversial gimmicks get their go-round; Word Association, “Dear Vin,” the BSB Mailbag, and, of course, the crew puts it to bed with some more recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Everywhere we go they shout: “you got a chip on your shoulder”

Ep. 34- “That’s Not My Hardcore. That’s Not Punk Rock to Me”

Where do all the hippies meet? You know how the song goes, and episode 34 takes the Broad Street Breakdown crew back to the Philadelphia street that was both an inspiration and a foundation for many shared stories. Vinnie and The OG lead a memory-laden trip down the fabled stretch of Philadelphia road known as South Street and give you some firsthand recollections of what it was like living and working there in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Riots, lunatics, rats, junkies, punk rock shows, and dogs in the hallway… it all happened. Later, after the Professor insists he has no Cheapo Tip for the week, Vinnie and The Sicko beg to differ as they watch one unfold right before their eyes. The usual gimmicks are out for another go-round; Word Association, “Dear Vin,” The BSB mailbag, and the crew sets you up with another serving of recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Everybody’s got something to hide, except for me and my monkey…

Ep. 33 – “The Heart of Darkness Needs to be Smooth”

Somebody call Phil Amino, Vinnie may be needing his services after a “mishap” that leads to a discussion on personal grooming. After that: we got recommendations for youse. This episode finds the BSB crew digging even deeper into their collective obsessions and expanding the “recommendations” part of the show into something more intricate and involved; talking about some of their favorite rare records and songs that youse need to be hipped to.  Later, Vinnie and The OG break down more Biz talk. Professor Pablo hits you with what might be his most disturbing, disgusting, and horrifying Cheapo Tip yet. Sad Ian and Stupid Sicko continue their ridiculous exercise in absurdity. Word Association goes another round, Pablo reads your emails, Paz walks us through another chapter of “Dear Vin,” and we round out the show with even more recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: I’ll kill myself, I’d rather die, if you could see the future, you’d know why…